Local Bamboo gathering?

Discussion in 'Bamboo, Fiberglass & Classic Reels' started by para_adams, Dec 21, 2013.

  1. Troutcreek Active Member

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    I’m glad to see that there’s some interest in a bamboo gathering. I wouldn’t mind participating and could bring 8 or 10 modern bamboo rods. I’d even consider the possibly of facilitating an informal event. That said, I’m in the southern part of the state and it would be difficult for me to put something together closer to Seattle or Spokane.
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  2. Tim Cottage Formerly tbc1415

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    I'd like to attend and can bring a small pile of unique rods.

    TC
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  3. Tom Bowden Active Member

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    I'll attend if the schedule fits. As an amateur rod maker for 13 years, I have a bunch of rods I could bring.

    Tom
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  4. para_adams Active Member

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    I hope this comes together! I'll bring my two beloved Phillipsons (HEH and HDH), an original 8-1/2' Southbend and my current project, a beat up 8-1/2' Monty cut down to 8' from the butt up, re-wrapped (inspired by Steve's awesome work reclaiming old "blue collar" rods). Seattle north/south would be best for me.
  5. Mike Monsos AKA flyman219

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    Well I think with all the interest we really need to figure out a location to have a, talk, pass, cast and share the cane event. All we really need is a open area with some grass and about 100' by 100'. A grass football field, soccer field, pasture, county park, private pasture, heck a private lake or stream would be killer! Any ideas or suggestions?

    Mike
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  6. Troutcreek Active Member

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    However this works out is fine and I’ll attend if at all possible.
    That said I sure like to see an event like this on water.
    There is more to bamboo fly rods than pretty wraps. They’re wonderful fishing tools and bamboo is quite possible the best material for small stream fly rods (IMHO). Lawn casting gives a hint but not the whole story.
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  7. David Loy Senior Moment

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    I don't have any boo, but would enjoy trying a few. I do have access to Windermere Park (private), 10 blocks South of Magnuson Park, with +-240' of Lk.Wa. waterfront and a 200' dock. Summer would be tough with all of the kids swimming, but Spring is very doable. Once in a great while I'll catch SMB off the dock but I mostly use it for a casting fix. However, if another venue comes along I'd still like to attend.
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  8. John Wallace Active Member

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    I am in, if we get this going. Would be fun.
  9. para_adams Active Member

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    That sounds good to me.
  10. David Loy Senior Moment

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    The offer stands but I don't see a lot of interest.
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  11. Tom Bowden Active Member

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    This sounds like a great place.
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  12. Mike Monsos AKA flyman219

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    If there is no fees involved it might be worth the effort to pick a date and see if it works for the majority of the current participants in this forum topic. If it does gain momentum I'm sure you will see more interest as the date gets closer. From the sounds of it there are a number of people willing to bring and share some bamboo rods, me included. Casting by far beats talking about bamboo when you're trying to understand the action of a particular taper.

    Mike
  13. Tim Cottage Formerly tbc1415

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    Windermere Park sound like a great location. Thanks for offering.

    TC
  14. Greg Armstrong Active Member

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    Ditto.
    I have some rods I could bring as well.
  15. David Loy Senior Moment

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    Well, I barely know what I'm doing tomorrow but almost any Saturday or Sunday can work. Without digging deeper I'll throw the dart at Saturday April 26th, say noon? I think my family is away so I'm without adult supervision (woohoo). But other dates can work as well so this is a first stab. If there is consensus for an earlier date, March 29th might be good here. Maybe even better. You guys choose.

    Anyone is of course welcome, there is plenty of room. My preference is low key. There are a couple picnic tables. I might make a large D.O. dump cobbler just cause it's fun, but don't plan on a feast. I cook every day but I'm no Gary Knowles :). Any spirits need to be slightly covert but I don't expect trouble with this crowd. I'll bring a camp table & blanket for rod display. I can supply a large Weber & coals if anyone feels like grilling their catch.

    Directions: Head North or South on Sand Point Way to Windermere Drive (roughly equivalent to NE 57th Street). Go East at the light, go three blocks and take a sharp right on Ambleside (a three way intersection). Park is at the bottom of the hill. Follow the goose poop to the beach.
    Looking forward to meeting you.
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  16. Mike Monsos AKA flyman219

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    That sounds like a perfect plan David, thanks for getting this off the coffee table and on the calendar. The 26th will work for me as far as I can see, it's on the calendar now!

    I'll have at least three rods with me possibly more if I get off my dead butt and start making more curls on the bench. I will bring a Dickerson 7'6" "7613 5wt, a Para 14, 7'9" 5 wt. and a 7' Sir "D" 4 wt. These all have a different personality to give you a idea of how different tapers can have different actions.

    Mike
  17. Steve Kokita FISHON206

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    Great David, I'll be there with my 'bay bamboo....
  18. David Loy Senior Moment

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    Most excellent. All I need then is a Personal Shopper. Kent?
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  19. Troutcreek Active Member

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    David,
    Thanks for stepping up for this. I'll attend and bring 6 or 8 bamboo rods (maybe more depending on what's available).
    Take care and best regards,
    Ray
  20. para_adams Active Member

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    David,
    Thank you for bringing this together. I'll plan to attend and will bring 3 or 4 rods and my poor casting stroke. I just hope Mike, Ray and the other real rod makers who attend will have patience if I get to try their gems with my casting style!

    Suggestion - once the date is definitely "set" someone may want to post the gathering on the Classic Rod Forum's Events section.